Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Re-Cap

I hope that everyone had a WONDERFUL Easter and had the opportunity to gather with friends or family.

The Easter Bunny paid us a visit

We are lucky enough to have Matt's mom here for the week so we celebrated over at Matt's Aunts house. It was the first time that Great-grandma Jean (or GG) met Gibson...

and at 4:30 I jetted off to the airport to pick up the girl that holds my heart... EMMA. She was just returning from a week in MEXICO with my parents for Spring Break (and a belated 10th birthday gift)! Looks like she had a blast and I am jealous of her little tan! 

Now that she was home I let the kids dig into their baskets...

Next, we went outside for an Easter Egg hunt. Emma helped Hunter find the eggs in the front yard.

We rounded off the day with a abbreviated Easter Dinner with ham, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, cabbage, and a salad.

So blessed to have my entire family around for Easter and I'm so happy that Emma is back from her trip! I always miss her when she is away!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Things Friday

This week I love...

- This fake orchid that I bought at Homegoods this week...

While I will always prefer real flowers over fake... I'm trowing in the towel I cannot keep a plant alive. People are a different story I can keep little people alive... but not plants.

- I love everything about THIS Parisian Style Home! Especially the bathroom!

- Might give THIS recipe a try while Matt's mom is in town next week.

- This amazing farmhouse table was a DIY project that only cost $120!!! What a great price. We are in the market for a new dining room table.... Matt Park, do you want another project to take on???

- While at Target this week I spotted the new Devine Color Wallpaper!!! OBSESSED

This wallpaper is a peel and stick, repositionable, wall and surface covering that is easy to apply, reposition and remove. The packaging states that one roll will transform a 27.5 sq. ft. area which is a huge payoff for only $29.99 a role. I cannot wait to find a project to use this!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big Boy Toddler Bed

As I reported yesterday Hunter Man now sleeps in his Bog Boy Toddler Bed for both nap time and bed time!!!!!!!!

About two-three months ago I purchased a white delta toddler bed on CraigsList for only $20
I had previously decided that it didn't matter what finish the bed came in because I was going to give it a nice coat of spray paint regardless. I wanted for the bed to really match the other items already in Hunter's room and I wanted for it to be something just for him. So... when I found the above bed at a great price and already assembled I took the leap and made the purchase.

When I cam home with the bed Matt looked at me like I was crazy because he knew (and I did too) that Hunter was not yet ready to leave his crib... but see I had a method to my madness... I wanted to get that bed into his room BEFORE Gibson arrived so it didn't seem like we were changing too many things on our first little guy all at once.

So it received a NUMBER of coats of spray paint (two cans worth) and it was placed in Hunter's room...

I bedding was purchased from IKEA... The duvet was for a twin bed (only $19.99) and I cut and sewed it so that it would fit perfectly on the smaller bed.
We started right away talking about a Big Boy bed and we would read books there each night or lay there while we would sing to Hunter in the dark before placing him in his crib for the night. After a few weeks we even tried to  place him in the toddler bed for nap time... IT WAS A HUGE FAILURE! He immediately got up and screamed by the door for 30 minutes. We would always end up having to go into his room to calm him down and he would be placed into his crib...

Hunter also started placing his toys into his crib before bed each night and I feared that he was just too attached to the crib and that he was not going to be in the toddler bed by the time we would need to move Gibson down to his room...

In fact, Gibson arrived and in the hospital I brought up the fact that we might need to just go ahead and get a crib for his room because I didn't see Hunter sleeping in a toddler bed ANY TIME SOON... and that was two weeks ago...

The day that we brought Gibson home everything changed... When Matt was putting Hunter to bed that night he did his song in the dark laying in the toddler bed like usual but at the end Hunter stayed laying perfectly still and content. That first night and for about a week after Hunter would be on the bed for about the first hour and would eventually fall off. We would check the monitor every time we would wake-up for a feeding with Gibson and Matt would go down and pick Hunter back up and place him on the bed.

Now he stays up on his bed without falling out and he will sleep there all night and stays in bed for nap time! I cannot believe how suddenly everything just clicked. Every morning we give him praise for sleeping in his Big Boy Bed and we now talk about how Gibson will sleep in the crib soon!

He is what Hunter's bedroom is looking like now!


and here is Hunter Man enjoying his bed! 

So happy that our BIG BOY loves his new bed!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hunter at 19 Months

On Saturday Hunter man turned 19 Months! 

Hunter continues to test us on a daily basis with tantrums one second and laughing and playing the next.

This Month Hunter:
  • Became a big brother and while he was a little rough with the baby at first... we are now super sweet. Each morning we give Gibson hugs and kisses. Hunter also loves that Gibson lays in his crib while HUnter gets dressed for the day or any time Hunter Man needs a diaper change. 
  • We talk a lot about how Gibson will soon sleep in Hunter's crib
  • HUNTER SLEEPS IN A TODDLER BED!!!! I am sooo excited to report that Hunter now exclusively sleeps in his Big Boy toddler bed. The crib will be moving out this week! 
  • We have a HUGE love for Elmo 
  • Our favorite foods are waffles and Blackberries. In the morning the first thing I say when I see mommy or daddy is "waff"
  • We are still working on the whole potty training thing. This month he has started to understand what poopoo is and I think that we are getting really close. He has also become a lot more vocal so I think now we are getting to the stage where he will be able to tell us that he needs to go potty instead of us guessing. 
  • Still a super big helper with throwing things away and putting his laundry in the hamper. We can now also put our books away and we are working on cleaning up toys. 
  • Does not like to eat dinner. 
  • Adores his big sister Emma
  • Loves to jump on the bed and likes tickle and pillow fights! 
  • Enjoys opening and closing doors
  • HATES any sandwich except Grilled Cheese. 
Here are a few photos!

And some photos that you have already seen if we are facebook friends...